Drexel Kline Law School 3+3 Program

Contact Information

Program

Name: Evan Laine, JD, MA
Position: Director & Associate Professor, Law & Society Program and Director, Arlen Specter Center, Law & Society Program
Telephone: 215-951-2768

Admissions

Telephone: 215-951-2800

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Jefferson's (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) early acceptance partnership with Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree and law degree in only six years. This program allows qualified students to complete their first three years at Jefferson University as part of the Law and Society program and then begin their law degree at the Kline School of Law.

Upon successful competition of the first year at the Kline School of Law, students receive their bachelor’s degree in Law and Society from Jefferson. This program cuts out one year of study and cost; the first year of law school at Kline School of Law also counts as the senior year at Jefferson.

Admissions Criteria

  • Minimum SAT score of 1200 (math + critical reading, with no individual section lower than 550), or a minimum ACT score of 27
  • A high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (or its equivalent)
  • Graduate in the top 10% of high school class
  • Successful completion of a mandatory admissions essay
  • Successful completion of a mandatory on-campus interview

These criteria are guidelines, which the Pre-Law Advisory Committee (PLAC) may alter in extraordinary and exceptional applications. In these situations, exceptions to the EAP admission criteria will be made on a case-by-case basis with the consent of both Jefferson University and the Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

Interested in being considered? Complete the program interest form.

You will be notified of your program status as part of the regular University acceptance process. For questions about the program contact Jefferson University’s Law and Society program director, Evan Laine at Evan.Laine@jefferson.edu or by calling 215-951-2768.

Program Requirements

3+3 Program Requirements

How to guarantee acceptance to Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law  

Admission to the EAP only guarantees a student admission to the Kline School of Law if students keep up a level of excellence as a Jefferson student as outlined below: 

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA undergraduate of 3.4 (as calculated by the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service) by the time of application to the Kline School of Law
  • Comply with all academic standards and expectations for student conduct established by Jefferson University
  • Complete all major and core course requirements at Jefferson University, and attain senior status before enrolling in courses at the Kline School of Law
  • Meet the character and fitness requirements of the Kline School of Law
  • Comply with all application and enrollment deposit requirements, as well as deadlines established by the Kline School of Law
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of the third year of the program (for 3+3 students), or December of the fourth year of the program (for 4+3 students)
  • Earn a LSAT score at least equal to the median LSAT for Drexel's 1-L class in the year the student was admitted to Jefferson University

Transition Process from Jefferson to the Thomas R. Kline School of Law

  • Students wishing to complete a 3+3 course of study in the EAP must file a binding, early­ decision application with the Kline School of Law no later than December 1 of their third year of the  EAP program (Junior Year at Jefferson).
  • Students wishing to complete a 4+3 course of study in the EAP must file a non-binding, early-action application with the Kline School of Law no later than December 1 of their fourth year in the EAP.  (Senior Year at Jefferson).
  • Jefferson provides institutional aid to students only for their enrollment at Jefferson. Once enrolled at theKline School of Law, whether at the completion of the third or fourth year of undergraduate studies, students will no longer apply for aid through Jefferson University. All aid applications will be handled directly between the student and Drexel University.
  • Students in the EAP program will have the Kline School of Law send an official transcript to Jefferson at the completion of their first year of law school. Jefferson will award the bachelor's degree to students who have successfully completed the first year of law school and have met all degree requirements for Jefferson.

Admissions for Sophomores & Transfers

Admissions requirements for Early Assurance Program for sophomores and transfers

Jefferson students interested in the EAP program are eligible to apply in the second semester of their freshman year no later than March 15, to be considered for admission. Applications to the EAP program are made directly to the Law and Society program director, Evan Laine.

Qualifications for the Program

  • Minimum 3.4 GPA from PhilaU or transfer institution
  • Successful completion of an essay directed towards the PLAC describing why said candidate should be considered for the program- the essay due no later than March 15 second semester of their freshman year
  • Successful completion of interview by the Law School Admission Council
  • It is not required that prospective students be a law and society major

How to Stay in the Program & Guarantee Acceptance to the Drexel University School of Law

Admission to the EAP only guarantees a student admission to the Thomas R. Kline School of Law if students keep up a level of excellence as a Jefferson student as outlined below:  

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA undergraduate of 3.4 (as calculated by the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service) by the time of application to the Kline School of Law
  • Comply with all academic standards and expectations for student conduct established by Jefferson University
  • Complete all major and core course requirements at Jefferson University, and attain senior status before enrolling in courses at the Kline School of Law
  • Meet the character and fitness requirements of the Kline School of Law
  • Comply with all application and enrollment deposit requirements, as well as deadlines established by the Kline School of Law
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of the third year of the program (for 3+3 students), or December of the fourth year of the program (for 4+3 students)
  • Earn a LSAT score at least equal to the median LSAT for Drexel's 1-L class in the year the student was admitted to Jefferson University

Deadline

Express interest by contacting Evan Laine, JD  or call 215-951-2768, and submit the required essay no later than March 15 of the second semester of freshman year.

Are you a current or transfer student interested in being considered? Please contact Law and Society program Director, Evan Laine, JD or by calling 215-951-2768.